Having seen pictures of this beautiful hotel, I knew that I had to come and visit. What a perfect place to stay. It sits on a quiet residential street in the charming town of Archidona against a backdrop of pine trees. From the minute we arrived it was clear that this was no ordinary hotel. Every room has been lovingly crafted to create a stylish but homely atmosphere - beautiful and perfectly placed pictures, comfortable furnishings and thoughtful details. David and Myles are the most genial hosts, attentive and welcoming with a great passion for and knowledge of Andalucia.
The breakfasts were practically a work of art - fresh fruit, manchego cheese, serrano ham, home made fig jam, delicious bread, olive oil followed by perfectly cooked eggs (any way we wanted) and pots of fresh tea and coffee. All served with care and beautifully presented.
The whole impression was really one of being welcomed into someone's cherished home. The sitting room has a range of books, magazines, cds and dvds for you to use. You can sit by the stove fire with a glass of wine and listen to the logs crackle. On the last night we just curled up on the sofa under a blanket and watched films, having exhausted ourselves with the sights of Antequera, Cordoba and Grenada during our stay.
Another lovely touch was a home-cooked meal on that final night - most welcome after a day touring the Alhambra. A vibrant bowlful of the nicest carrot soup I've ever eaten and a casserole of chicken, peppers and a tasty dish of wild, brown and white rice.
I can't recommend Almohalla 51 highly enough. Go and visit, I promise you will be enchanted.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the crossroads of Andalucía, Almohalla 51 is a boutique guest house in the historic quarter of Archidona, just 45 minutes from Malaga and Granada. In an 18th century town house with views across town and the sierra beyond, there are communal sitting rooms with open fires, patios and a plunge pool. The individually-designed bedrooms combine traditional features with modern comforts. All rooms have an iPod docking station and Wifi is available throughout the house.Breakfasts are fresh and varied and we can provide packed lunches and a set dinner menu can sometimes be offered. Activities and day trips can be organised - from visits to Granada or Cordoba, horse riding, massages or self guided walks. Almohalla 51 is the stylish, informal and welcoming base for making the most if this amazing region. ... more less
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